At Autumn Creek Ranch, we raise three breeds of sheep for fiber/wool – the CVM Romeldale, the Navajo churro and the Cotswold. We also raise Huacaya and Suri alpacas for their super soft, very warm fiber.
Our sheep and alpacas are sheared once a year in what is usually an all-day event. Each fleece is “skirted” which means the nasty parts that are inherent in the life of a sheep, are removed. We then send the fleece to Fibers First Fiber Mill, located in Post Falls, ID. They turn our raw fibers into beautiful yarn. Our wool is truly a local product!
It takes about 6-8 months for a raw fleece to be washed, picked, carded and spun into yarn. Its amazing to see the transformation though! When the yarn is shipped back to the farm, we begin the process of deciding what color it will be.
I use various dyes, including professional cake dyes, heavy metal free acid dyes and regular acid dyes for our yarn. I like to take my inspiration from nature and re-create the color ways God has so richly blessed us with.
We usually have both worsted and sport weight yarns available. Our yarn is dyed seasonally, meaning I pick a set of colors for the Spring/Summer and also the Fall/Winter. These colorways change each year.